I think we are on the earth to help other people. When I was young, I thought, “The ultimate way to help people is to be a doctor.” As I got older, I found out that I like to make things. Drawing and painting, for example. I like to visit museums and enjoy art. With my work in cosmetic medicine, that came together. Creating on the one hand, but helping people on the other. If someone has a scar, for example, I can make it more beautiful with fillers. With complications with fillers, I have the same thing: a part of the face suffers and then there can be a permanent scar. I found that so annoying for people that I thought: can’t I help prevent this? That’s how my scientific research started in 2016: how do complications from filler treatments occur?
So how do people all over the world knock on the door for the consultation? First of all, doctors from different countries come to us in person to see what we do during our complication consultation. For example, a doctor from the United States. Months later, someone in Seattle has a complication. Through a video link, we watch this patient’s complication with the doctor, who has thus visited us before. Then we use an ultrasound to see how the complication is put together. Through the ultrasound, we can see exactly where the filler is in the face and why it is causing a complication. This is how we resolve this together, despite the distance.
What we do, no one in the world does. Cosmetic medicine is a new field. There is a lot of low-hanging fruit. If there were only 100 soccer players in the Netherlands, you would easily join Orange. It’s the same way in cosmetic medicine. The research we do at Erasmus MC is groundbreaking. Partly because we put time and energy into it, but also because few people are willing to do it.
I stay informed by doing my own scientific research. If I want to know something, there are scientific journals that I pick up. Discussing a lot with colleagues also keeps me on my toes.
On the one hand, I write scientific articles so that people can read about the research I do. In doing so, I also try to encourage those people to do research themselves. Furthermore, I often appear on TV and in newspapers and magazines. To warn people about the risks, but also to get colleagues interested in this field.
Everyone has external features that they themselves find beautiful or less beautiful. With modern techniques we can achieve great changes with small interventions. We want every person to feel good in their skin.
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